Mon September 8, 2014

Lobbying increases on both sides of Lake Ontario water level plan

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 9:18 am

Lakeview Wildlife Management Area in South Sandy Creek.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Both sides in the debate over a plan to regulate water levels in Lake Ontario are stepping up lobbying efforts. Plan 2014 pits property owners against environmentalists and sportsmen.

At the center of the debate are wetlands, like the Lakeview Wildlife Management Area in South Sandy Creek.

Bob Jordan is a sportsman who’s been boating, fishing and trapping in these streams and marshes all his life, and doesn’t see a healthy ecosystem when he looks across the marshy area near the shore of Lake Ontario.

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Wed September 3, 2014

What's on your plate? Climate change and diet

A recent study found that beef cattle is the least climate-friendly type of livestock. Photo: J.S. Jordan - See more at:


Len Frenkel only has a minute to talk because he's rushing between presentations at the University of Pittsburgh’s Johnstown campus. The North American Vegetarian Society has their annual gathering here. Frenkel’s traveled from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He’s not just a vegetarian, he's vegan. That means he doesn’t eat meat or butter or anything made from animals. He started for animal welfare and health reasons. But now, climate change weighs heavily on Frenkel’s mind.

"Our personal health doesn’t mean squat with the future looking so terrible for life on the planet," he says.

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Wed August 13, 2014

Branch by branch, artist grafts a Tree of 40 Fruit

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 10:36 am

An artist rendering of the Tree of 40 Fruit mature and in bloom.
Sam Van Aken courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Art

Imagine dozens of different kinds of fruit all hanging from a single tree. It's the dream of a Syracuse artist, who is building such a tree, branch by branch.

Grafting fruit trees is a practice almost as old as fruit trees themselves. Mending branches from two different varieties of fruit is how we get hybrid fruit varieties.

Syracuse University art professor Sam Van Aken is taking the art of graft to another level.

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Fri August 8, 2014

USGS commissions, christens new research vessel

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 5:56 am

The newly commissioned R/V Kaho will be used for research on Lake Ontario.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

The United States Geological Survey has added a new research vessel to its Great Lakes fleet, which will help monitor the health of Lake Ontario.

The new boat replaces a boat that was in use for fifty years and was finally decommissioned a couple years ago. The Research Vessel Kaho, which means searcher or hunter in Ojibwe, was commissioned and christened in Oswego Wednesday morning, even though it's been in use since last year.

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Thu July 10, 2014

How the weather service decides if a tornado touched down

Erik Heden, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Binghamton, inspects storm damage in East Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

At least four tornadoes ripped through central and northern New York Tuesday evening. It's the National Weather Service that makes that determination if a funnel cloud touched down. It's a careful and calculated process.

Armed with a compass, camera and notepad and paper the next morning, meteorologists Erik Heden and Mike Jurewicz retraced a storm that roared through Onondaga County, knocking down trees and power lines.

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